Merseyside Police have begun investigation after Liverpool FC striker Mario Balotelli faced racial abuse on twitter.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli mocked Manchester United on twitter after the Red Devils faced an embarrassing defeat against Leicester City yesterday and the Italian international was bombarded with racial abuse by United supporters, in response, on the social network.

Balotelli, who has faced racial abuse in Italy in the past, is yet to react to these tweets, but Kick It Out, who are working to eradicate racism from football, lodged a complaint with the police regarding these incidents.

“We extend our support to Mario Balotelli after the appalling racist abuse directed at him on Twitter earlier today.

“A large number of social media users alerted us to the messages by tweeting our official account and we have since reported this via True Vision – the Police’s online reporting facility.

“During the 2013/14 season, 50% of all complaints submitted to us from across the game related to social media abuse.

“The issue has been escalating and we urge fellow social media users to assist in bringing this type of abuse to the attention of the authorities by reporting directly to True Vision.” – Read an official statement released by Kick It Out.

Merseyside Police has also confirmed that that they are now investigating the issue, and the perpetrators will face action by the authorities.

“We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli earlier today.” – Merseyside Police said in a statement.